### How to Calculate Price to Cash Flow Ratio

Price to Cash Flow Ratio (P/CF) is a financial ratio used to compare the share price with cash flow per share. The lower the ratio, the more likely that the stock may be undervalued. P/CF is more stable than Price-Earnings Ratio (P/E), since cash flow is usually less volatile than earnings. It can be calculated as follows:

Formula:
P/CF = Market price per share / Cash flow per share
Note: Cash flow per share is simply cash flow divided by the number of shares issued.

Example:
The stock for Company JKL is selling at \$25 a share.
The total number of shares issued for the period is 10,000.
The company's operating cash flow for the four most-recent quarters are \$30,000, \$50,000, \$60,000 and \$70,000.
Calculate the price/cash flow ratio.

Solution,
The operating cash flow for the past 12 months = 30,000 + 50,000 + 60,000 + 70,000 = \$210,000
Cash flow per share = \$210,000 / 10,000 = \$21
P/CF = 25 / 21 = 1.19

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